Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To chirp as a bird.
- To emit a mournful sound, as birds collected together before a storm.
- To utter as with a chirp.
- n. Clamor; confused noise.
- n. Specifically, the mournful sound emitted before a storm by birds collected together.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Noise; din; esp.; confused noise, clamor, or hum of many voices, notes of birds, or the like.
- v. obsolete To chirp or to make a mournful cry, as a bird.
- Compare chirp and Anglo-Saxon cyrman, cirman, to cry out. (Wiktionary)
“No sound came to break the quiet of the evening hour save the monotonous plaint of a whippoorwill in a distant brake, and the ceaseless chirm of insects among the leafy boughs and down in the ferns that clustered on the knolls round about.”
“To Captivate, kap'ti-vlte.v. a. To take prifoner, to bring into bondage; to chirm, to fubduc.”
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Just some words I happen to enjoy. Some thread-worn, some not.
Wordies relating to birdies. :-)
A sound garden.
I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world. --Walt Whitman
What's the scuttlebutt? Inspired by an OUP blog post.
Looking for tweets for chirm.